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How to do a preliminary roof evaluation

When you're driving around San Antonio looking to purchase a new home, you'll want to determine whether there are roof problems at first glance, as quickly as possible. There are numerous homes on the market with severely damaged roofs. While might be a good strategy to buy one of these homes at a massive discount and carry out the roof repairs yourself, you will definitely want to know what you're getting into before you get too far into the real estate deal.

Here's what home buyers should look for when performing a first-gland roof evaluation:

  • Are there any noticeable signs that the roof could need to be repaired or replaced?
  • Check the attic for signs of leaks. Sometimes, a roof will be leaking inside the attic but there are no signs in the rest of the home because the leaks are still new.
  • If the outside of the home exhibits blistering or peeling paint, it may be a sign that water has gotten through the roof and into the walls.
  • Can you find any spots where there are stains, mold or mildew in the ceilings or walls. This is likely the result of a water entering the home through a problematic roof.
  • Are roof shingles or roof sidings showing signs of being rotten?
  • Are the roof shingles, cracked, missing or curling up on their corners?

All of the above are the tell-tale signs that a roof could require serious repairs. If you are purchasing a home with roof problems, make sure you include these issues in your price evaluations and home purchase negotiations with the seller.

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